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  4. Thanks Marion for the well wishes. I am hoping to get info and that would be successful for my intent, lucrative would be if money were involved and that is not the case. Just helping a friend.
  5. I hope this turns out to be a lucrative search. Wishing you all the best in your endeavors.
  6. Yesterday, I received this email. I am so sad. Johnny Thompson Hi Marion. This is Susan, Johnny’s daughter. I want you to know that his cancer has spread and he is under Hospice Care at home. He no longer goes on his computer or answers phone. He no longer converses unless asked a question. Please pray for our family. I knew that you want to know... Thanks, Susan
  7. I have been helping a French friend, Caroline Bell, search for a WWII soldier who served, we think in the 1321st Engineer General Service Regiment, and in the process, I came across your 1301st website. My husband and I live near Marinette, WI and our parents served in the Army and Navy, WWII Japanese Occupation and Korean Conflict. My husband's grandfather served in the Third Infantry Division "Rock of the Marne" in WWI near Chateau Thierry, France. We travelled to NE France last year to see Verdun and Chateau Thierry and learn more about WWI. We both enjoy history and learning about those who have served our country. Last night I read the tribute and materials about Bill Douglass and thoroughly enjoyed his account. I noticed he was from Northern Illinois and trained at Camp McCoy in WI. Camp McCoy is close to the area we were raised, Elroy and Kendall. What a wealth of knowledge he had and his experience with Patton . So wonderful you have preserved his place in history. As I mentioned above I have been helping a French woman look for an African American who served near Metz, France (Rousselange) in the end of 1944-1945 . We do not have the soldier's name but do have several photos of men in his regiment that were taken at a studio in Rousselange (NW of Metz). From the pictures we were able to identify the castle lapel pin as being a General Service Regiment of African Americans. One of the photos shows Company A, but that is not the specific person in question. The French called them a "genius" unit. We are hoping to get rosters of the various companies of the 1321st regiment and any living veterans that may have knowledge of the men of this regiment. Basically looking for any leads to narrow the search. If we can find the soldier's name then we can send for information from the National Archives, but without a name it is hard moving forward. I recently read "Nothing But Praise" by Aldo H. Bagnuto. I noted that Walt's Daughter was consulted for leads for this book. It is a history of the 1321st Engineer General Service Regiment . From the book, I believe this regiment was assigned to the area in question and the book leads me to believe that the man is in Company A, Company C, D or F. Thank you in advance for any assistance, contacts or leads you can give me. Sincerely, KLC
  8. Should be a star per campaign. bronze stars equal one and silver equal 5. Here is my grandfather's hand sewn ribbon: He has 1 silver and 2 bronze - that indicated 7 campaigns. If your Grandfather has four, that would indicate only four. His uniform could possibly be "out of date", if you will. That is, he may have put it together when he only had 4 campaigns in his record but more were added later. For example, the ribbon bar above does not include the WWII Victory medal. I didn't see anything on the paperwork you attached, but it would have to be on something, somewhere. For example, the modern DD-214 (what you get when you process out of the military) has all awards. I would look into NARA to request his records. My father did that for my grandfather and he even got new medals with the documentation. There are restrictions as to who can request them, however.
  9. CaptO, thank you for the reply! My response only comes 10 months late. I've been back revisiting things and your insight was really helpful. I've been diving into the 172nd FA and 941st FA. Interestingly enough they both show the same campaign citations. They also were both connected with the Vermont/NH national guard which makes sense since my great grandfather was in the guard prior to the war. Both units show 5 campaign citations, Ardennes-Alsace Central Europe Normandy Northern France Rhineland To answer your question, yes he was a civil engineer prior to the war starting. He continued in that career field for the duration of his life. As for what he did in Honduras that is not clear to me but I hope to see if my grandfather knew anything about his time there. One follow up question. On the European-african-middle eastern campaign medal, does each star denote a campaign credit plus the actual ribbon? His uniform has 4 stars on the tab, but is it actually representative of 5 campaigns? If the answer is no, the number of campaigns still seems strange to me.
  10. Thanks in any case and thanks also to your grandfather. If you had other information about San Pietro, Cassino, San Vittore, Cervaro (all places that your grandfather should have gone through) I would be very happy if you shared them. by Valentino
  11. I'm sorry, I don't have any information about the guns... but my grandfather spoke of the battle of San Pietro. He received a purple heart for an injury that occurred a few days later on January 12, 1944.
  12. After grandad was wounded he spent a couple months in the hospital.   After being released, he was reassigned to the 337th Quartermasters in Italy.   This is where he spent the remainder of the war. 

    *Vernon Snodgrass (shirtless)


  13. Walt's Daughter

    Farewell Rocky Riojas - 34th Inf Div

    Yes, losing him, and losing so many other veterans over the last few years has been very heavy on my heart. Sometimes it's difficult for me to be here, because so many things have changed. It will never be the same again, and oh how I yearn for the old days. But I (we) must carry on. At least we had them for a while...
  14. This really saddens me. I had really good relationship with Rocky and we talked often. The last time I talked to him was several years ago (maybe 2011 time frame) when I was in D.C. at the WWII Monument on the Mall. I've tried to get in touch with him several times trough the years with no success. I noticed recently that his daughter was on LinkedIn and I was going to try to reach out to her, but I guess it will have to be well wishes. He was an awesome and humble guy and we are all better off for knowing him. I also want to take this opportunity to thank Marion. Because of your efforts with this forum, his words - and the words of the other WWII vets who were active posters - will be preserved. Farewell, sir! Hand salute!
  15. Rocky, dear friend. Rest in peace!


  16. It is with heavy heart that I report the passing of long time friend, Rocky Riojas. He was one of the first veterans on this forum, and we so enjoyed all his posts. He also shared his memoirs of the 34th Infantry Division. Please read his story here. Rest in peace good buddy. Thanks for sharing the news with me, Brooke Chambers.
  17. Hello and welcome. We have quite a bit of info on the 19th. Simply type "19th" in the search engine box located on the right hand side of our forum. Make sure you are on the Homepage of the forum, before beginning your search, as it will look through the entire site. Also visit the main site for VI Corps. Again, use the search feature there. It will include the memoirs from Ernest Wayne Warner - 19th Engineer, etc. Happy hunting!
  18. Larry, attached here there are the extract from Engineer History 5th Army related to the 19th Engineer Combat Group. Engineer history - 5thArmy - Med Theater_Vol-1-Sec3 related to Volturno river until May 11, 1944 Engineer history - 5thArmy - Med Theater_Vol-2-Sec6 - Arno river to winter 1944-45 Engineer history - 5thArmy - Med Theater_Vol-2-Sec8 - The Po river campaign I hope you enjoy Andrea Engineer history - 5thArmy - Med Theater_Vol-1-Sec3.pdf Engineer history - 5thArmy - Med Theater_Vol-2-Sec6.pdf Engineer history - 5thArmy - Med Theater_Vol-2-Sec8.pdf
  19. Andrea -- Thanks for the response. His separation papers said he was with the 19th Engr Regt. that landed in Northern Ireland, then was in Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily and Rome-Arno campaigns. I did some research on the 19th , but some documents said this was like an umbrella regiment that supplied engineers to many units. So your tip on the Transportation Corps is very helpful. His wife said he didn't talk much about his war experience but he did say he built bridges. Larry
  20. The patch seems the one of the Transportation Corps with the winged wheel. Please, check if in your papers there are some reference to the 19th Engineer Combat Group. It was formed by the 401st Engineer Combat Battalion and the 402nd Engineer Combat Battalion. I can retrieve some other info about this unit. Let me know. All the best
  21. angatti

    Military Railway Service

    I have a new question for the members of this forum. Someone have information about the presence of the Military Railway Service in Florence after the liberation of the city in August '44? Some information reteived in surfing on th web say that the 701st Railway Grand Division and the 715th railway operating battalion stationed in Florence from the end of '44 to at least May '45.
  22. Hi I am trying to get info on my dad’s younger brother, Robert Earl Strawther, who served in the Army as an engineer from 1941-1945 . His wife and children have all passed away and were not able to pass on information about him to me so I’m trying to reconstruct to do his service justice. All I have are bits I have assembled over the years. From his separation papers: Inducted 11 June 1941 – (draftee, civilian occupation carpenter) -- inducted at Jefferson Barracks, MO. I assumed he went to Fort Leonard Wood, where ironically three of his older brothers were finishing building barracks. His separation papers list his unit as the 19th Engineer Regiment Departed for Ireland on 31 Aug 1942, arrived 7 SEP 1942 Participated in Algerian, Tunisian, Sicilian and Italian campaigns Per bits told to his wife, and his brothers Landed on the coast of Africa (my educated guess is Oran) LST never made it to the beach… had to jump and swim to shore…. Somehow got caught behind enemy lines … went a number of days behind enemy lines without food… except for chocolate (they tied chocolate bars to his uniform). Only ate chocolate for many days and he never wanted to eat it again rest of his life. Re: Sicily “When Patton’s name came up, Bob was really upset… was in the infantry under him… "he was a gloryhound… one time they were ready to cross a river, but they got orders to hold until Patton could get there … While waiting, they watched the Germans re-fortify the town …" Per his widow: "When we visited Italy he showed me some of the places he was at… “ Anzio? ” “I think so.” In Italy he “used to build pontoon bridges…” Italians would blow them up and one time he didn’t get out fast enough… got his ankle smashed… His wife thought that during this same event one of his army friends got blown up and it traumatized him. He reacted badly to loud noises for many years, but still had a tic for the rest of his life. He got a medical discharge in early 1945. Separated out of Camp Hahn in Southern California The photo below is the only one we have that shows a bit of his unit patch. Any help narrowing down his specific units and where he might have served in Sicily and Italy would be most appreciated. Thanks for any help. Larry
  23. Thank you for sharing his personal memoirs. This means a lot to us. I shall be reading them this week, if all goes well.
  24. Walt's Daughter

    Infor for Company "B" 159th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Welcome. I gave Sandra some help via email. I hope it proves fruitful for her. Please let us know how you trip goes in April. The best of luck.
  25. My father, Myrvle Gilbert Roberts served with Company "B", 159th Engineer Combat Battalion from October 3, 1942 in England to September 19, 1945 in France. My father was gravely wounded in Normandy France on June 18, 1944. My father passed away in 1966 at the age 47. I am an only child and have no surviving relatives that can provide information as to my father's service during the war. I am traveling to Normandy in April with the specific goal to locate where my father fought in Normandy and if he came by land or sea (which beach). Also would love to find out where injured soldiers were taken for surgery and recovery in France during the battle of Normandy. I contacted the Army Personnel Records Division and unfortunately my father's records were destroyed in their fire some decades ago. Any information anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated. Sandra Roberts Deiderich sdeiderich@gmail.com
  26. My father's recollections of the Battle of the Bulge and Malmedy Massacre. Stack_Malmedy Massacre.pdf
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